US carries out new strike against Houthis in Yemen

The US military carried out a new strike against anti-ship ballistic missiles in a Houthi-controlled part of Yemen on Tuesday.

The strike targeted four anti-ship missiles that were on the brink of being deployed and posed an imminent threat to merchant ships and US Navy vessels, US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity told ABC News.

The strike — which was first reported by Reuters — was the latest incident in the ongoing tug of war in the Red Sea with the Iran-backed Houthis, who have ramped up their attacks on ships in the wake of the Israel-Hamas war.

News of the hits came amid reports that British oil company Shell had suspended shipments through the Red Sea due to fears of further escalation, the Wall Street Journal said. 

Houthi fighters and tribesmen stage a rally against the US and the UK strikes on Houthi-run military sites near Sanaa. AP

The heads of two international banking groups at the World Economic Forum in Davos also privately warned that the ongoing crisis could result in dire inflationary pressures that could reverse interest rate cuts and otherwise jeopardize the US economy.

War risk insurance premiums for cargo moving through the Red Sea are already on the rise, sources said.

As the Houthis continue to threaten international shipping in the name of the Palestinian cause, some container ships have been pausing or completely skipping the Red Sea route to the Suez Canal.

The US military on Tuesday carried out a new strike in Yemen against four Houthi anti-ship ballistic missiles. U.S. Central Command

About 12 percent of the world’s shipping relies on the Red Sea to access the canal.

Also on Tuesday, the Houthis struck a Malta-flagged, Greek-owned bulk carrier that was northbound in the Red Sea, about 76 nautical miles northwest of the Yemeni port of Saleef, a security firm and two Greek shipping ministries said.

The ship, the Sografia, was struck with naval missiles and “the hit was direct,” the group announced on X.

The attack took place Tuesday morning. U.S. Central Command

“The targeting operation came after the ship’s crew rejected warning calls, including fiery warning messages,” the statement read.

“The Yemeni Armed Forces continue to take all defensive and offensive measures within the legitimate right to defend dear Yemen and in confirmation of continued practical solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people,” it added.

The ship was en route from Vietnam to Israel with 24 crew on board and was empty of cargo when the attack took place, one of the Greek sources claimed.

“There were no injuries, only material damage,” the source explained, noting that the ship was still sailing, but would probably be rerouted for safety checks.

With Post wires

Written by SaleemBaloch

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